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Rescue Christmas Updates: Service Clubs near conclusion of Golden Kettle Contest

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The final few days are upon The Salvation Army's Golden Kettle contest. Who will win? The Pilots for Christ maintain a solid lead, but changes in the standings are still possible.
Rockford City Church women ringing bells at Family Fare.

Rockford City Church women ringing bells at Family Fare. /Charlene Martin

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Comstock Park Rotarians at the Alpine Avenue Walmart.

Comstock Park Rotarians at the Alpine Avenue Walmart. /A/Capt. Mika Roinila

East Kentwood High School National Honor Society students ringing at Sam’s Club.

East Kentwood High School National Honor Society students ringing at Sam’s Club. /A/Capt. Mika Roinila

The Golden Kettle competition among service clubs in the Grand Rapids area is nearing the end. After our final weekend, a change in the standings has taken place. The Pilots for Christ maintain their lead, raising over $600 more than the Kentwood Rotary Club, which has risen to second place. Last year's winners, the Golden "K" Kiwanis Club, have dropped to third place. The Comstock Park Rotarians also joined the effort, as they rang bells at the Alpine Avenue Walmart on Saturday.

1.  $3,288– Pilots for Christ (28 hours of ringing)

2.  $2,649 - Kentwood Rotary Club (26 hours of ringing)

3.  $1,940 - Golden “K” Kiwanis Club (21 hours of ringing)

4.  $1,283 - The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary/Young Families Group (16 hours of ringing)

5.    $ 864  - Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club (5 hours of ringing)

6.    $ 350  - Comstock Park Rotary Club (6 hours of ringing)

“It’s going to be an exciting finish, because a few National Honor students from East Kentwood High School are helping the Kentwood Rotary Club. They have scheduled four two-hour shifts over the last three days. Right now, no other club has signed up for more ringing” says A/Captain Mika Roinila. “We’ll have to wait until Dec.28 to find out the final standings and if anyone can overtake the Pilots for Christ” adds Roinila.

Honorable mention goes to several other groups that have volunteered. The Grand Rapids Fire Department was able to raise $2,139 over 5 days of ringing at the Woodland Mall Macy’s location. The women from City Church Mission in Rockford raised $626 over a two-day period. We also recognize the help received from staff ringers from companies such as Lifestream NorthWest and Service Express.

Online signup is still available at, but today is the last day to sign up. This means that anyone who still may be interested in volunteering can still ring bells on Wednesday, Dec.23 only. Volunteers won't be able to ring on Christmas Eve, although the kettles will still be on location and will be manned. The Red Kettle campaign ends at 4pm on Christmas Eve, but the overall Salvation Army Christmas Campaign lasts throughout the month of January, 2021.


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